Elevated fire restrictions begin Monday in San Bernardino National Forest

Elevated fire restrictions began Monday in the San Bernardino National Forest in light of conditions, recent fire activity near Yosemite National Park and the availability of firefighters for response.

Starting Monday and until further notice, the following restrictions will be in effect:

-No campfires or barbecues allowed outside certain picnic areas and campsites. Lists of allowable picnic areas and campsites are available at visitor centers and are posted online.

-Persons with a valid California Campfire Permit (available free of charge at visitor centers or online at http://www.preventwildfireca.org/Campfire-Permit/) are not exempt from the prohibitions but are allowed to use portable contained-gas or liquefied-petroleum stoves or lanterns with a fuel shut-off valve.

-No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building or a developed recreation site. No welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.

Prevent vehicle-related fires by maintaining proper tire pressure, ensuring adequate tire tread and checking your brakes for overheating. Avoid traveling or parking on brush or grass. Ensure chains are not dragging while towing.

-Make sure your campfire is dead out! Drown it, stir it, feel it. If it's not cool to the touch, it isn't out.

-Motorcycles, ATVs and chainsaws require an approved spark arrestor.

-Fireworks are always prohibited on U.S. Forest Service land.

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